Garden Symposium Set for April 14

Finding "Botanical Workhorses" among our native plants and using old-fashioned herbs in modern gardens are featured topics in the 26th annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium. New this year: Lunch and Learn session with Master Gardeners to answer your specific gardening questions.

Photo by Ruth Davis, Penn State Master Gardener

Photo by Ruth Davis, Penn State Master Gardener

The 26th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium for home gardeners will feature the widely-published naturalist and avian education specialist Jim McCormac. Jim comes to us from Ohio and will share his experiences with “Botanical Workhorses,” plants that look good in our gardens and do more than their share of ecological heavy lifting. Attorney and Master Gardener Rachel Roat will help us cope with some of the thorns found among the joys of gardening by providing insights and examples from her practice “Tree, Neighbor & Garden Law.” Boost your creativity with landscape designer Sharee Solow, whose presentationStairway to Paradise” will focus on the way that we move through our gardens. The program will conclude with “Old-Fashioned Herbs Essential for Modern Gardens,” presented by Ruth Rogers Clausen, author of Essential Perennials.

New this year is a “Lunch and Learn” session. During the lunch break, participants may stop by Master Gardener tables and ask specific questions about:  vegetable gardening, butterfly gardening, lawn and weeds, shrubs and trees, and native plants. Garden-related vendors and a wealth of door prizes selected especially for plant lovers round out the day.

Presented by Penn Extension Master Gardeners of Lancaster County the program will take place at the Farm and Home Center off the Manheim Pike in Lancaster, PA.  Cost is $65 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Register here. For questions contact Lois Miklas at or 717.394.3962.